Rotterdam or anywhere

I need some time off work. The last week I had off was in June and whilst life as a contractor means no worky = no money, I know I need some downtime. So I’ve booked the middle week of October off and I’m planning to try and get away somewhere. Where? Well that’s the thing, I don’t really care where, I only really care about how much it’ll cost me. I’m thinking a 3-4 night city break (mid-week) and so far places like Prague and Budapest are at the top of the list (and, oddly Milan, cheap flights FTW). However, part of me is tempted to wait until the first weekend (the 15th) and then try and book a …

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Back from Tunisia

We did done a holiday! We had a few simple criteria for our holiday. It needed to be under £500 each, it needed to be somewhere hot and sunny, and ideally it needed to be all inclusive. After various online searches, we had it narrowed down to a week in Cyprus, or a week in Tunisia. Icelolly.com helped keep the price to just under £400 pp and we ended up picking Tunisia as it was a bit different (and Kirsty has been to Cyprus before). It’s safe to say we lucked out and had a fantastic holiday! We stayed at a hotel that was built in the 1970s, built in the style of an old Medina, mostly two stories tall …

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Roll on the holidays

For various historical and religious reasons, none of which I pay much heed to, I will be on holiday from this Friday through to Tuesday the 3rd of May. Given that it’s only costing me three days from my holiday allowance, then it’s almost like a free holiday. Part of that time will involve a trip to Skye, which I’m really looking forward to as I’ve never been that far north on the west coast of Scotland. My camera is primed, the USB stick of moosick is full (8GB of very random tuneage), and Kirsty and I are really looking forward to it. After that it will be a lazy time for the most part, a well deserved break and …

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Lego Advent

Mumsy knows me well, she knows I am still a big kid and so she bought me a Lego Advent calendar. It’s AWESOME! (if somewhat random…). Each window has a little lego kit to build, all of which will come together and, well, I’m not really sure they WILL all come together, like I said, it’s all a bit random… And looks like this: And no, I don’t know what everything is but I don’t care. I got to play with Lego every day!

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Home again, home again

I’m currently operating on about 4.5hrs sleep having landed earlier this morning and suffering the return of the 6.30 alarm. Spain was warm, sunny for the most part, a little misty some mornings, blowing a gale for two of the days and we saw a beautiful lightning storm rage over the Mediterranean. I read books (more on those later), drank beer, sang at the karaoke (a rare event, I was quite spectacularly drunk mind you), sunbathed and did pretty much bugger all for the entire week. I couldn’t half do with a siesta right now though. Aside from a vigorous can of cider erupting all over my sister on the plane on the way there, and my sister-in-law deciding to …

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Panic!

There is a sense of mild, but controlled, panic in the air. I’ve only just realised that, a week today, we’ll be flying to Spain for a week in the sun. Don’t quite know how this has taken me by surprise but there you have it. All of a sudden I’m in the “pre-holiday zone” where every choice of t-shirt needs to be carefully considered, and the locating of cables, chargers and other sundry essentials starts in earnest. That said, we are taking hand luggage only, and all I’ll need are: 7 Books – already stacked and ready to go. 5 t-shirts – I have so many t-shirts that I’ll just take whatever I pick up on Monday morning 4 …

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The festive period

December the 24th is Christmas Eve. I mention this not as a startling revelation but because it’s the first of eleven days that I have off work. So if I discount the 25th and 26th of December, as well as the 1st of January as I’m Scottish and by law we are not allowed to go to sleep until at least 4am on New Year’s Day, I have approximately 8 days or so with nothing planned. That will, of course, change. I reckon, if I’m generous with my estimates, I’ll have five or six days to myself. I’ll say five just to be on the safe side. That’s five whole days in which I can, within reason, do what I …

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Memories of Budapest

On reflection I don’t really have the words to describe just how stunningly gorgeous the city of Budapest is, we ran out of superlatives very early on and the sheer number of photos I took (even when you discount several retakes) of random buildings and parks, statues and memorials, should provide some indication of how much beauty is crammed into the centre of the city. However it is a strange juxtaposition of ancient ornamental buildings alongside communist era concrete monstrosities and modern steel and glass constructions. Some of the older and more important buildings have been cleaned up, but throughout the city you can still see remnants of the 1956 revolution (and beyond), with bullet-marked buildings dotted around the sidestreets. …

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Snapshots of Budapest

It’s taken a while but I’ve managed to whittle the number of photos down to a manageable amount. There is a lot ‘missing’ and a lot of detail I’m still trying to recall (thankfully someone else was paying more attention). (click the photo to view the set) And before anyone complains, think yourself lucky, my family had to sit through twice the number I have posted to Flickr. Update: Our travelling companion has posted some of her photos as well.

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